I was spending my Saturday afternoon working on notes for next week’s teaching. At least that is what I was attempting to do. My mind kept wondering here and there.
I had just come through a busy week. It was my grandkids last week of school. Every day was busy with something. Programs. Parties. It seems there was something every single day.
Additionally, I had spent the week trying to locate a vacation rental property. It’s my hearts desire to spend my birthday this year with my family on the beach. Locating the right place has proven difficult.
Along with the right property, there is so much more to consider for that trip. Finances, schedules, so many things involved.
All these things were on my mind as I studied for the partner teaching call.
I began to feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit. Slightly at first. Momentarily, it became more intense. I felt God wanted me to step away and get quiet before Him. After several minutes I walked out onto my back porch and sat down on the swing. It’s where I go when I need to take a moment.
The moment I sat down, the Lord began to speak to me. He said, “Lay it aside and come to Me. Lay aside the grandkids. Lay aside the vacation property. Lay aside the finances. Lay aside the healing you seek. Lay the teaching aside. Lay it all aside, and come to Me, just as you are.”
I took a deep breath as tears began to roll down my face. An old hymn came to mind. I know you are familiar with it. It is called Just as I Am.
The first verse ran through my mind.
Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me, and that Thou bid’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
I knew God was speaking to me through this song. He was bidding me to come aside. To lay all the cares and concerns aside. To come to Him. My answers for each thing is in Him alone.
He alone can protect my grandkids. He alone can show me the right property. He is my provider of all things financial. It is God who will lead me and guide me in the way I should go.
It is God who will lead me in what to teach our partners. If not Him, then it is not worth teaching anyway. God was reminding me. Everything I have need of is in Him. Sometimes we have to come aside and just be with Him.
Another verse of the hymnal went through my mind.
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Hebrews 12:1 says to lay aside every weight that easily besets us.
The word besets means to surround or press on every side. It means to press you so much that movement seems impossible. That is exactly what the enemy does with cares and concerns.
Proverbs 12:25 tells us that cares or anxieties weigh us down. Have you ever felt weighed down by cares and concerns? I know I have.
For this reason, the Bible tells us to cast all our cares upon God. (1 Peter 5:7)
This wonderful old hymn says God will relieve. It is God who brings relief to all your cares and concerns. Your part is to abide in Him and remain in Him. We are kept in perfect peace as our mind is stayed upon Him.
The very reason the enemy attacks our minds with all the cares is to get our minds off God and onto the problem. However, if we refuse to get our eyes on the concerns, we will remain in peace.
Today, as the Lord ministered to me I realized something. It is not only a gigantic problem or concern that will get our eyes off God. It may just be a dozen little concerns. Nothing life altering. Simply a bunch of little things.
I am reminded of the scripture that says it is the little foxes that spoil the vine. It’s not always something big that demands your attention. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to carry one large boulder on your shoulder or a dozen little ones. It is still a weight you should not be carrying.
Today I believe God is saying to you, “lay aside every little thing that is trying to hem you in and overwhelm you. Lay it aside and come to Him. Everything you have need of is found in Him. Come, just as you are. Come”
“You are the unsinkable ship as long as you stay in God” Kim Potter